File photo of detainees sitting in a holding area at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay

Revised U.S. defense bill sails through House, despite Guantanamo

File photo of detainees sitting in a holding area at Naval Base Guantanamo BayBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the National Defense Authorization Act on Thursday, including $5 billion in spending cuts not contained in a version of the bill vetoed by President Barack Obama last month. The vote was 370-58 for the measure, which authorizes more than $600 billion in defense spending. It had strong support from both Republicans and Obama’s fellow Democrats, even though it still contains provisions making it difficult to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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